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Thanks for the words of wisdom, Jason. Unlike me, U definitely have the experience from building multiple cars (maybe I can borrow your wallet haha). Thanks for the input. 

 

I am not a quitter. I will keep plugging away. I may only be taking baby steps but that sure beats quitting in my book

 

Having fun with this is a great way to keep motivated. I shoulda placed this video in my thread prior to my showing u guys my bare metal & then epoxy primer process.  Oh well...hope u guys enjoy me rolling into the sunset Cheech & Chong style with my poor mans drone haha...I got tired of this look pretty quick haha

 

 

 

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20 hours ago, RockinRiviDad said:

 

I sure wish I woulda known 5 years ago what I know now...I woulda totally done the same “just go with it”...live & learn

I've owned my 67 mustang for 16 years now. I've put about 14K into it, and i'll be lucky to get 5K from it. That car's been a real education, about the car, and about myself both.

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1 hour ago, Seafoam65 said:

What caused this?

 

I’ve got the EFI installed & have been clocking miles (200) before doing a full write-up on my findings. This EFI turned my Riv into a rocket which has me flying around town in my car haha.

 

Simply put, I didn’t have my radiator overflow hose secured to anything other than the pet-cock on the radiator fill neck. It was stout fuel injector hose (not very flimsy, no excuse, I shoulda secured it better). 

 

At 75 mph the overflow hose got sucked into my fan, PS belt came off, both overflow hose & belt wrapped around water pump pulley, overflow hose pulled radiator into fan, shredded radiator & fan shroud, pet-cock ripped off, coolant blew everywhere including onto my feet threw the firewall (can’t expalin that one 🤔. Good thing I have no carpet yet haha). I couldn’t even make it off of the freeway. Yea, towed it home 😣

 

700 miles on my car & now she’s broken again haha…ugh…

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Securing my overflow hose better tomorrow !!!!! Sorry to hear about your misfortune !!! You’ll get er back on the road soon !!!!👍👍

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3 hours ago, pyntre said:

Securing my overflow hose better tomorrow!!!!! Sorry to hear about your misfortune!!! You’ll get er back on the road soon!!!!👍👍

 

Haha..a simple zip tie woulda/coulda prevented all this...thanks for the support 

 

2 hours ago, Hazdaz said:

Think of it as an opportunity to get a better radiator and fan.

 

U mean a better radiator like this one?? haha...everything happens for a reason right?

 

Love that video...thx for sharing...the plan was to go with an electric fan if I couldn’t find a replacement clutched fan. I did find a replacement pretty quick tho. So I am glad this video found that the clutched fan is not the worst option...phew. But now u have me reconsidering my choice....GRRRRR....dammit!!! haha

 

For most average guys (like me) trying to build a car with a wife, kids, mortgage, etc makes us resort to the label “budget build” (that’s code for “cutting corners” just to get the car on the road haha). I really really wanted a 4-row radiator back when I crossed that bridge. When my kids needed new school clothes, instead of a $400 radiator I simply “cut a corner” & just had my 3-row cleaned out haha. Now dad finally gets his cool 4-row radiator from Ricks Radiator in Azusa, CA. Woo WHOO!!

 

This radiator is suppose to be a replica of our brass & copper Harrison radiator. Its pretty close. So I bought it with the intention of painting it black. Some said painting it will take away from it dissipating heat well. I say bologna. I think its a bigger, more efficient radiator & a little paint isn’t gonna matter. 

 

Besides, in Post #238 I mentioned a water pump leak. That leak magically sealed itself up...but before it did I had ordered a more efficient FlowKooler water pump. Its been sitting on my shelf ever since...that’ll be installed now too haha

 

PLUS...a heavy duty fan clutch...yea, so a little paint isn’t gonna hurt heat dissipation right??

(other than the price tag, what is the difference between a heavy duty or regular fan clutch anyway?? Haha)

 

 

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Just paint the tanks. They don't do any of the cooling.  Ask the guys in the radiator shop about paint.for radiators like the kind that Eastwood sells - low viscosity so it won't block heat transfer and it's a high temp  paint that won't flake off.

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A test fit of my new radiator now has me thinking NO paint will look good enough for who it’s for haha

 

Note: fan shroud damage. It doesn’t look as bad here. But it’s gonna take some glass work to salvage it. 

 

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The radiator needed a little something something...I just couldn’t put my finger on it...so I bought a friend lunch 3 hours later..

.WHA-LAH!!! 

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40 minutes ago, Hazdaz said:

Those sure are some pretty welds.

 

I said the same thing when I saw the radiator :D . I think that is TIG right?

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1 hour ago, RockinRiviDad said:

 

I said the same thing when I saw the radiator :D . I think that is TIG right?

 

That radiator is gorgeous.  I think the welds are MIG.  The aesthetic effect can be achieved with both processes.  I think for radiators and mass production, MIG may be quicker.  Someone that knows more than me can correct if i am wrong.

 

GREAT build by the way.

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It would have been a crime to hide that under any paint !!!  Could you share a part number on that radiator for us for future reference ?  What would you say the weight difference is between the original and the aluminum ?  Lookin good !!!!!

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On 3/7/2018 at 9:39 PM, first64riv said:

 

That radiator is gorgeous.  I think the welds are MIG.  The aesthetic effect can be achieved with both processes.  I think for radiators and mass production, MIG may be quicker.  Someone that knows more than me can correct if i am wrong.

 

GREAT build by the way.

 

On 3/8/2018 at 6:02 AM, pyntre said:

It would have been a crime to hide that under any paint !!!  Could you share a part number on that radiator for us for future reference ?  What would you say the weight difference is between the original and the aluminum ?  Lookin good !!!!!

 

Thanks for the support guys. I appreciate the input. It really helps keep the momentum going. 

 

Here is the part number right off of the box…hope that helps

 

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A bit more ‘momentum’…

 

There’s been recent talk about aftermarket wheel fitment. This came 3-1/2” years too late haha.

 

Back in Post #147 I purchased aftermarket wheels & did NOT get the fitment right 😞. In my case I wanted more of the staggered wheel ‘look’ & I felt my rear wheels needed more offset. 

 

So, yea, time & money wasted. But a good lesson on my part. Luckily for me, my wheel selection is NOT too expensive…here’s what I bought to replace my two rear wheels…

 

American Eagle, Eagle Alloy, Boss 338, 18x9.5 (-4mm offset, 5” BS). 

 

 

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Thanks for sharing the radiator part numbers !!!!! The threads on the trans cooler bungs have seen better days on my factory radiator ,,, excuses , excuses !!!👍👍 

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If I haven’t said already, I’ll say it again, I am OVER trying to get my bodywork done!! 

 

Money saved for bodywork is now going towards performance  GOODIES!! 😬

 

Woo whoo!! Finally got a posi!! No more one wheel squeal haha

 

U can see the number stamping. Divide the 43 (number of teeth on the ring gear) by 12 (number of teeth on the pinion gear & wha-lah! 3:23 posi!! 

 

IMO, this is a great ‘in between’ ratio. I currently have the open 3:23 & I was clocking 2000-2300 RPM’s at 65-70 mph with my TH400. That’s not too bad. Works for me. & I still haven’t even got my Switch Pitch to work. That might help right? 

 

I don’t plan on driving this car cross country. But I bet this ratio would do fine if I did. Not too aggressive like the 3:42 & not too mild like the 3:07.

 

edit: RPM’s are clocking at 2600-2900 @ 65-75 mph NOT 2000-2300

 

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On 4/8/2018 at 2:19 PM, pyntre said:

Now that’s a chunk of good old American steel !!!!!! Tires be very very afraid !!!!!

 

I am excited haha. I put the 235’s i had on my 8” wheel on my new 9.5” rear wheels. The 235’s are not wide enough. I can see they are stretched & it looks funny. May have to sacrifice them for the sake of ‘testing’ out my new posi 🤣

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Not sure if Bernie still comes around. But he hit the nail on the head in post number 3-4 of this build thread. 

 

My kid helped me installed my posi. That 100 pound posi is no joke when trying to install it while lying on your back. Now that’s a reality show that needs to be made 😜. 

 

Dammit!! I shoulda snapped a pic of my kid installing the axles. Oh well, him torquing the wheel bearing retainers will have to do haha

 

 

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Sooo glad to see the next generation picking up a tool and learning how to use it and their hands !!!! I have strived to get my boy out in the garage as much as possible over the years so he can see how things work and function as a whole !!! He was 7 when I had him helping me disassemble the Riviera ,, still have the baggies with his writing on them noting what and where the bolts or screws came from ... and he’s 17 now and was a bit nervous helping me stuff an iron headed big block Chevy into our Chevelle a few months back ,, but he helped and learned a BUNCH !!!  We need to get all our kids off the computers and devices and stick an oil filter wrench in their hand and teach them how to use it and why we use it!!! The Geritol crowd here won’t be here forever ,, I am one of them , relax , we need to get LOTS more young people involved !!! Kudos to you and your son for leading the way !!!!! Great pictures from post 3-4 , till now ,,,, they grow up fast !!!

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A few years back, my grandson was working on a merit badge for Boy Scouts.  He needed to 'take part in changing a tire and checking the oil level.  His participation was to video me doing it.  Hope he can find the video next time he has a flat. 😕

 

My daughters know much more about taking care of their cars than my grandson can hope for right now.  

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